Role of the Editorial Board

Information for Board Members

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Role of the Advisory Board Editor

Once an article is accepted, the authors are invited to join the Editorial Advisory Board with a term lasting until the end of the following calendar year. An Advisory Board Editor can extend their term in yearly increments by performing Acts of Service (defined below). These Acts of Service ensure that our editors are always actively engaged in directing the journal’s future. The goal is for Advisory Board Editors to contribute to the review process and aid in maintaining the quality of the publications, to submit exciting new research, and to consider innovative developments for the journal. This has the further goal that work in the journal reflects the breadth of our Editorial Board’s interests, not just the Editor-in-Chief, Senior Editors, or Associate Editors. If an Advisory Board Member completes 5 Acts of Service in one year, they will upgrade to Associate Editorship. Advisory Board Editors are not exempt from article processing charges.


Act of Service                                                                                                  Extension

Reviewing a paper or protocol (the oucome of review is irrelevant)                 One year extension*

Publishing an article                                                                                          One year extension*

Being the inviting Editor for a paper**                                                               One year extension*

Publishing a book review***                                                                              One year extension*

Publishing a commentary***                                                                              One year extension*

Writing a blog post for StemBook                                                                      One year extension*

Guest editing a Special Issue                                                                            One year extension as Associate Editor*

*    While there is no limit on the number of years one can serve as an Associate Editor, multiple Acts of Service in any given year can be used to extend the term for up to

      two years at a time. Once this limit has been reached, additional Acts of Service will be applied to the goal of Associate Editorship for that year. Therefore, extended service 

      on the Editorial Board requires a continued commitment to the journal.

**    Author must acknowledge the invitation on submission

***   Must be solicited or pre-approved by the Editor


Determination of Associate Editor Status

To elevate to Associate Editor status, an Advisory Board Editor must complete five (5) Acts of Service during one calendar year. Guest editing a Special Issue automatically qualifies the Advisory Board Editor for Associate editorship in the subsequent year. To stay on as Associate Editor, 5 Acts of Service must be completed in the year.

Role of the Associate Editor

The Associate Editors are the pro-active "champions" for the journal. The main responsibilities are to oversee the peer review process for individual papers, consulting with the Editor-in-Chief and Senior Editors on major decisions. They will also solicit good papers at meetings.

Associate Editors can be approached by prospective authors regarding the topic and appropriateness of their submission. They will regularly discuss the developments and trajectory for the journal with the Editor-in-Chief and Senior Editors. 

Role of the Senior Editor

Senior Editors are appointed at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief in coordination with the existing Senior Editors. The Senior Editors are responsible for the overall development and quality of their specialty section in the journal, and together with the Editor-in-Chief are the final authority on any paper’s acceptance.

Term Expiration

If an Advisory Board member does not complete 1 Act of Service in a Calendar Year, they will be rotated off the Editorial Board. However, as anyone, they can return to the board in the subsequent year after fulfilling a new Act of Service.

Associate Editors will be evaluated not just by the number of their Acts of Service, but also by their active participation in the journal’s development. Therefore not making the required Acts of Service, but being involved in other ways, may determine the Associate Editor’s continued editorship. This is determined at the Editor-in-Chief’s and Senior Editors’ discretion.